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Powerful Women Are…Leadership Dialogues Across Workplace and Study Space

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Students and Faculty


Ninety people gathered in the McDermott Suite to dine and network at the event, Powerful Women Are…Leadership Dialogues Across Workplace and Study Space, hosted by the Galerstein Women's Center, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement on November 29th. Key partners for the event included Texas Instruments, Mary Kay, Ericsson, and Marsha Clark and Associates. The program was developed as part of the SAWS Initiative (Support and Advancement of Women in STEM).

The evening began with introductions and facilitated dinner dialogue by the women of TI, on developing individual leadership skills, mentors, role models, road blocks and successes. Participants commented that the dialogue was relevant to their professional and personal goals.

The second part of the evening was led by Marsha Clark, a leadership development and executive coach consultant. The interactive presentation combined students, staff, and faculty from UT Dallas with industry professionals for an opportunity to explore their feelings about power, what it means to be powerful, and develop insights into their power sources. The focus was on our 'inside-out' power, the power within -- compared to 'power over' or even 'power with.' The session was highly interactive and allowed women to share information, opening up new possibilities around optimizing their power. The key learning points were:

  • Discovering your underlying beliefs about powerful men and women as well as powerless men and women and to explore the differences
  • Discovering the many sources of power available to us -- from our own experiences as well as those of other women
  • Learn about diversity initiatives at UT Dallas
  • Share best practice strategies for women's organizations

This event was the first of a three-part series, including topics such as Women Don't Ask-How We Give Away Our Power and Invisible Differences. The next workshop is slated for March 21, 2013. Please contact the GWC at 972-883-6557 or womenscenter@utdallas.edu for more information.